During the Drake Leadership Council meeting yesterday, members of the council did vote to change the name. The next step in the process is the selection of the new name. Once a new name has been selected, the DLC will submit the new name recommendation to the TAM District Board of Trustees. So, there is still time to let the Board of Trustees you oppose the name change.
Drake, an explorer and world circumnavigator, was a young sailor who witnessed two early slave trading expeditions, and then evolved to denounce slavery for the rest of his 40 year career.
Drake was not a slave owner, he freed or hired those slaves he came across, and proved to be a forward thinking man of his era.
Drake was ahead of his time by his fair and just treatment for people of color who helped him navigate the world.
We understand that Drake bonded peacefully with the native Miwoks, and did not try to colonize them. During his 5 weeks here, the Miwoks ceremonially made him honorary chief.
The Drake Jewel (see 'Jewel Page') presented by Queen Elizabeth signified his bond with Africans, standing side by side as equals.
A safe, inclusive school campus at Sir Francis Drake High School with racial justice, respect, equal opportunity, truth, and transparency, with athletic and academic excellence mandates.
Name change cost in support of campus programs, as well as hiring teachers of color, for a direct impact toward achieving an inclusive campus culture goal.
Design, develop and implement anti-racism policies with measurable outcomes and hold violators accountable.
The 70 year history of Drake High alumni as well as the many generations of community supporters.
Who states with today’s challenges, “...focusing energy and resources on renaming schools…is offensive.” (sfmayor.org)
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